A Chinese woman in the US has been indicted for an alleged Visa fraud scheme. Her fraud scheme allowed more than 2,500 Chinese nationals, including an alleged spy for the China Govt., to extend their stay in the US.
The woman named Weiyun Huang, 30 got more than $2 million through her scam involving H1B and Student Visas. She used an address at Mountain View to provide false documents claiming that the foreign nationals were working in her companies to enable them to stay in the US.
Huang is from Beijing and she first entered the US on a Student Visa in 2009. She was granted a Spouse Visa in 2014 to stay with her husband who was on a Work Permit. She listed her employer as “Findream” on her visa application. This “employer” whose address was in El Camino Real, Mountain View was used in most of her visa scam.
She used a website “Chinese looking for a job” and the Chinese chat application WeChat to find potential buyers for false documents. Almost all of her false documents stated that the Chinese citizens were employed at Findream and another company called Sinocontech.
As per the US Authorities, her scam was running from May 2016 till about March this year.
About 2,025 Chinese F1 Visa holders paid Weiyun Huang to procure fraudulent work records from Findream. This helped them get an extension on their F1 Visa for up to 3 years for participating in the OPT program.
660 Chinese nationals paid her to get fake documents showing that they were employed at Sinocontech.
Huang advertised Findream as a tech start-up. She also managed to apply for 8 H1B Visas by claiming falsely that Chinese nationals worked for this company.
Ji Chaoqun, one of Huang’s clients, had a Masters degree from an unspecified US University. Chaoqun paid $900 to Huang to get fake work documents from Findream. He used these fake documents to file for OPT extension.
Chaoqun was arrested by the US Authorities in September 2018 and was charged with spying for the Chinese Govt.
In the last 5 years, Huang made huge spends at luxury brands like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Chanel. Her bank records showed very little business expenses.
Huang was arrested in March this year and is currently in custody of the US Dept. of Justice. She has been charged with 5 counts of visa fraud and 1 count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud. She faces a 10-year jail term for each of the visa fraud charges. She faces another 5 years in jail for the conspiracy to commit visa fraud, as per 9KXLH.
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